Introduction to Photoshop LAB Color By Dan Margulis

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LABs power in creating believable separation of colors has made it the venue of choice for many outdoor photographers. These lessons explore not only the basic structure of LAB and its common uses, but expands into several advanced retouching areas.

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Dan welcomes you to the course
A look at a few examples that demonstrate the power of LAB
A deeper looking into the creative power that LAB mode offers
Comparing the LAB channel to RGB or CYMK
Take a look at a simple, basic, but powerful curve in LAB
What to do when you need to adjust your curve even more
A look at when Lab may hurt your image more then help it
Take a look at the actual LAB channels themselves
Using the A and B channels to produce new colors
An example of using Lab to correct a color cast
Experimenting with LAB to enhance and change colors
Selectively enhacing part of your photo with LAB
Quickly edit an image by applying the LAB workflow
This lesson shows how to concentrate on keeping skin tones intact
Keeping LAB concepts in mind you can quickly correct an image in RGB mode too
Look into the Blend If sliders when used in RGB and LAB
LAB mode makes it easier to select things by color
See ways to blend adjustments that just can't be done in RGB
Use a copy of an image in LAB mode to help fix a CYMK or RGB image
Some tips and techniques for getting better skies while maintaing good color everywhere else
Take a look at a few simple LAB techniques used together to produce an image that you could only get with LAB
Thanks for joining me
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Dan Margulis


Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in 1994, has become the unofficial bible of the prepress and printing industries. His column, "Makeready," which focuses on practical production issues, appears in both Photoshop...

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    This was an excellent series my Dan and I thoroughly enjoyed it and surprisingly understood. The ability to stop, grab a photo off the web and replicate the demonstration really helps.

    Hey I am excited. Its too bad I’m so darn old. Ha.

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